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Woman Isolates For Five Hours In Plane's Bathroom After Testing Positive For Covid Mid-Flight

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Woman Isolates For Five Hours In Plane's Bathroom After Testing Positive For Covid Mid-Flight

A woman was forced to isolate for five hours in a plane’s tiny on-board bathroom after testing positive for Covid-19 mid-flight.  


Marisa Foteio (@marisaefotieo) had been travelling from the US to Iceland a few days before Christmas, having taken a number of tests before departing to find that they were negative.  

However, after feeling a bit of a ‘sore throat’ while travelling to Reykjavik, she decided to take a rapid test - which, much to her horror, had a positive result.  


The Michigan schoolteacher opted to voluntarily self-isolate in the compact bathroom, posting a video on TikTok to share her ordeal. 

“Shout out to @Icelandair for my VIP quarantine quarters,” she joked. 

Credit: TikTok/@marisaefotieo
Credit: TikTok/@marisaefotieo

In a comment, Foteio added: “I received two negative PCRs. Got on the flight. Travelled for Christmas. Decided to bring at home tests for my travels. Felt sore throat and tested +.” 


When someone asked if she could have tested false positive, she said: “I thought possibly, but they tested me on my layover and PCR was positive. I never made it to my destination. Quarantined in Iceland now.” 

Speaking to NBC News’ Today, Foteio said her throat began to hurt about halfway through the Icelandair flight out of Chicago on 20 December. 

Having packed some rapid test kits in case she needed them while travelling, Foteio took one to the bathroom and saw ‘there were two lines’. 

She then isolated in the bathroom for the remainder of the flight – which she estimated was five hours. 

Credit: TikTok/@marisaefotieo
Credit: TikTok/@marisaefotieo

"There’s 150 people on the flight, and my biggest fear was giving it to them," she said. 

Thankfully, a flight attendant called Ragnhildur ‘Rocky’ Eiríksdóttir ensured Foteio had what she needed while being cooped up, delivering food and drink while also checking she was okay. 

In fact, the flight attendant continued to help even when Foteio landed and had to isolate in a Red Cross hotel.  


In a follow-up video, she said she heard ‘a knock at the door’ and found ‘gifts from Rocky’, who had given Foteio her contact details in case there was anything she required.  

Credit: TikTok/@marisaefotieo
Credit: TikTok/@marisaefotieo

Rocky came through with a miniature Christmas tree and gifts to help Foteio feel Christmassy while isolating, also popping down to a nearby restaurant to pick up a fancy meal for her.

"She bought me flowers and a little Christmas tree with lights so I could hang it," Fotieo told Today.  


"It was so heartfelt, and she’s just an angel." 

LADbible has contacted Icelandair for comment.

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@marisaefotieo

Topics: TikTok, Travel

Jess Hardiman
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